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Law clinic professors bring social justice conference to New Orleans

April 20, 2012

Two members of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law recently organized the People’s Law Conference, held in New Orleans in late March.

William P. Quigley, J.D. ’77, professor and director of the clinic, and Davida Finger, J.D., assistant clinical professor, helped bring together more than 100 social justice law students and lawyers from around the country to discuss the practice of combining the study of law, social justice principles and life experience. Second-year College of Law students Emily Ratner and Emily Posner were also instrumental in bringing the conference to town.

The conference focused on the struggles of peoples and communities who are neglected and criminalized in casebooks and law classrooms, including communities of color, immigrants and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Additional topics included criminal justice from former prisoners’ perspectives, dissent, government surveillance, immigrant justice organization and litigation, human rights in Haiti and the Gulf South, a Loyola-Tulane collaboration on student and parent advocacy in education, use of media in social justice movements and challenging police misconduct.

For more information, contact Quigley at quigley@loyno.edu.

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